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Osasuna

 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

Overcrowding blamed for barrier injuries

Osasuna president Miguel Archanco has blamed the incident in which 10 Osasuna supporters were taken to hospital after a crowd barrier gave way against Real Betis on too many home fans getting into one area of the ground.

Osasuna fan injured in barrier collapse
Ten people were taken to hospital after the incident.

Play at El Sadar was stopped after 11 minutes, immediately after home striker Oriol Riera had put his side a goal in front to raise hopes of an unlikely relegation escape.

The game was held up for...

Ronaldo on target as Real reach last 8

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Ballon d'Or triumph by scoring from one of his trademark free kicks as Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Ronaldo smashed a swerving shot from 25 metres around the defensive wall and straight at goalie Andres Fernandez. The keeper tried to punch it out but ended up sending it down off the ground and between his legs into the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the opener against Osasuna.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit the opener against Osasuna.

Ronaldo's...

Real Madrid grab advantage

Real Madrid picked up a solid advantage over Osasuna as they claimed a 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's Jese celebrates his goal against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid's Jese celebrates his goal against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey.

Karim Benzema headed home Luka Modric's cross from close range in the 18th minute for the opener before Jese added the second just before the hour mark.

The 20-year-old prodded the ball home moments after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a sitter to give...

LFP confident over EC investigation

La Liga authorities say they are confident an ongoing European Commission investigation into various types of potentially illegal state aid to Spanish clubs is not a concern.

The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.
The European Commission is the European Union's executive body.

• Platini: Socio system ideal

The EC is reported to be examining official links to Primera Division clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, Valencia and Elche, as well as Segunda Division side Hercules, to determine whether any have received illegal government support...